Bears release veteran linebacker Sam Acho

Sam Acho Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have released linebacker Sam Acho.

An eight-year veteran, Acho made 25 starts in four seasons with the Bears and had four sacks, three pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He missed the final 12 games last year because of a torn pectoral muscle.

Acho helped coordinate the Bears’ social justice initiatives and has worked with several charities, most notably Living Hope Christian Ministries. That organization founded by his parents in 1989 provides medical services in Nigeria.

Acho played in the BCS National Championship in 2009 with Texas, recording a sack in the loss to Alabama. Acho played four seasons with the Longhorns from 2007-10.

The Bears announced the move on Tuesday.

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